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The Big Beat

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

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Perhaps the best known and most loved of Art Blakey's works, The Big Beat is a testament to the creative progress of one of the best jazz drummers of all time. Now over 40 years old, The Big Beat is as thunderous as ever. Here, Blakey combines his rhythm with tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter's brilliant composing to make what could only be termed a "structurally raw" album. Each track rips through bebop as quickly as Blakey ripped through drum heads. "Dat Dere" and "Lester Left Town" stand out as part of the true canons for hot jazz. Two alternate versions of "It's Only a Paper Moon" round out the album, both brimming with the fluid integrity of the song and the drive only Blakey could provide. As one of the few drummers to step out and lead, not just play backup, Blakey created a true jazz treasure in The Big Beat.
© Christopher Fielder /TiVo

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1
The Chess Players Remastered
00:09:31

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

2
Sakeena's Vision Remastered
00:06:04

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

3
Politely Remastered
00:06:04

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist - William Hardman, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

4
Dat Dere Remastered 2005
00:08:47

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

5
Lester Left Town Remastered
00:06:25

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

6
It's Only A Paper Moon Remastered
00:06:37

Harold Arlen, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Rose, ComposerLyricist - E.Y. HARBURG, ComposerLyricist - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

7
It's Only A Paper Moon (Alternate Take) Remastered
00:06:18

Harold Arlen, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Rose, ComposerLyricist - E.Y. HARBURG, ComposerLyricist - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

Album Description

Perhaps the best known and most loved of Art Blakey's works, The Big Beat is a testament to the creative progress of one of the best jazz drummers of all time. Now over 40 years old, The Big Beat is as thunderous as ever. Here, Blakey combines his rhythm with tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter's brilliant composing to make what could only be termed a "structurally raw" album. Each track rips through bebop as quickly as Blakey ripped through drum heads. "Dat Dere" and "Lester Left Town" stand out as part of the true canons for hot jazz. Two alternate versions of "It's Only a Paper Moon" round out the album, both brimming with the fluid integrity of the song and the drive only Blakey could provide. As one of the few drummers to step out and lead, not just play backup, Blakey created a true jazz treasure in The Big Beat.
© Christopher Fielder /TiVo

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